Your daily runs are getting slower, but you’re not going to give them up. The pain in your ankle is getting worse, but you’re not a quitter—it’ll take something much more serious than a little twinge to get you to stop putting in your miles every day. But what you may not realize is that failing to treat a minor injury can sideline you for life.
Poor Healing From a Sports Injury Can Have Permanent Effects
Many athletes attempt to “push through” the pain, causing further injury and potentially damaging the structure of their bodies. It is vital that you seek proper treatment for an athletic injury as soon as possible to allow your foot and ankles to heal without complications. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, we provide comprehensive treatments for a variety of sports injuries, including:
- Fractures. Treatment for a broken bone varies depending on the type of injury and the location of the bones in the break. Stress fractures, broken ankles, or a broken heel bone may need casting or fixation to heal. However, if the bones in the foot have been displaced, you may need foot reconstruction surgery to allow the bones to heal straight.
- Ankle sprains. An ankle sprain is a common overuse injury that occurs in professional and amateur athletes. The ligaments in the ankle become inflamed due to constant activity without proper rest. In a severe sprain, the ligaments may tear, requiring surgery to repair the damage and stabilize the ankle.
- Turf toe. A sprain in the big toe, also called “turf toe,” occurs when the big toe is bent upward. Football players commonly suffer this injury due to pushing off the ground into a run, but the toe becomes stuck to the ground, causing hyperextension. While the injury is named after an artificial surface, any activity that requires pushing off or landing on the big toe can result in turf toe injury.
- Shin splits. Runners most commonly suffer shin splints, a sharp pain on the front of the lower legs. As the runner takes each step, the thin muscle on the shinbone pulls his foot off the ground. This repetitive stress can strain the muscle, causing it to become inflamed and painful. Shin splints often arise if a runner has recently increased activity, has flat feet, does not stretch properly, or is wearing shoes without proper support.
- Tendonitis. Inflammation of the tendons (known as tendonitis) can occur anywhere in the body, but is most commonly found in the wrists, elbows, and feet. Runners may suffer Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon at the back of the heel, while patients who play soccer or participate in gymnastics may experience tibial tendonitis, causing pain along the bottom of the foot. Without proper rest, the tendon may tear due to overuse, causing fallen arches or lack of flexibility in the foot.
We Can Help Get You Back to the Activities You Love
We know how important it is for you to be able to stay active. That is why we offer same-day appointments for evaluation of your condition, and perform many of our treatments right in our King of Prussia offices. Fill out our quick contact form to make an appointment, or contact us today at (610) 822-3900.